Fox: 17th Street canal levee break now 500 feet wide


"To repair damage to one of the levees holding back Lake Pontchartrain, t he Army Corps of Engineers said it planned to use heavy-duty Chinook helicopters to drop 3,000-pound sandbags Wednesday into the 500-foot gap in the failed floodwall. But the agency was having trouble getting the sandbags and dozens of 15-foot highway barriers to the site because the city's waterways were blocked by loose barges, boats and large debris. Officials said they were also looking at a more audacious plan: finding a barge to plug the 500-foot hole."

Yesterday it was reported to be 200-300 feet. Story here.

Go here to see a very good slideshow posted at WWL-TV's website, including photos of the 17th Street canal levee break such as the one linked above.

Around noon today, the Army Corps of Engineers claimed that water levels between the canal and the city had equalized and that no more water was flowing into the city for the time being.

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